Nov. 3, 1997 Vol. II, No. 6


For Your Information publishes announcements of public meetings, notices, events, deadlines and classes and courses of interest to the university community. The deadline for submitting items is noon on Monday one week before the issue appears. The deadline for the issue of Nov. 17 is Mon., Nov. 10.

We will strive to include all items submitted by deadline occurring during the two-week period until the next issue. Items further in advance will be run on a space-available basis. Please submit items by sending them to mail drop 8242, faxing them to (818) 677-4937, or e-mailing them to E-mail is the preferred method of submitting. Note: fmi-means for more information.

Public Meetings

Statewide Academic Senate

Meets 1:30-5 p.m. Thu., Nov. 6, and 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri., Nov. 7, at CSU headquarters, 400 Golden Shore, Long Beach.

Faculty Senate

Meets 2 p.m. Thu., Nov. 6, in the Engineering Auditorium.

University Student Union

Board of Directors meets 5 p.m. Mon., Nov. 10, in the Satellite Student Union, Pieza de Celis Room.

Educational Resources Committee

Meets 2-4 p.m. Tue., Nov. 11, in BB 3107, Business building complex.

CSU Board of Trustees

Meets 1 p.m. Tue., Nov. 11, and 9 a.m. Wed., Nov. 12, at the CSU headquarters, 400 Golden Shore, Long Beach.

Parking Committee

Meets at 3:30 p.m., Thu., Nov. 13, in President's Conference Room B.


North Library Annex Closed for Repairs

The North Library Annex will be closed for earthquake repairs Mon., Nov. 3, through early spring 1998. The functions of the facility have been moved to the Prairie Street trailers with the exception of study space, which is available in the Oviatt Library, the Lindley Avenue Study Dome and Lindley Avenue Library Annex. Special collections will be housed in Prairie Street 442. fmi- Carlene Kouri, library facility manager, x2637.

CSUN Students Study Abroad

Twenty-three CSUN students are studying abroad this academic year as part of the CSU's systemwide International Programs. The students are placed in universities in England, Israel, Mexico, Spain, Korea, France, Italy, Japan and Germany. Their majors include English literature, accounting, international business, radio-TV-film, health science, liberal studies, communication studies, French, art, sociology, child development, linguistics, music and management. Participants earn credit at their CSU campuses and can choose from among more than 100 majors at 70 accredited institutions in 17 countries. Students pay the equivalent of their CSU fees and personal expenses and are eligible to receive any form of U.S. financial aid except work-study grants. For information about CSUN's international programs, call x3053, or visit the Study Abroad office in the University Student Union.

Child Care for Preschoolers

The Child Development & Family Relations-LAB (Los Angeles Baptist) School has spaces available immediately in its full day preschool program for 4- to 5-year-olds. The school has been on campus for more than 25 years and is located on Halsted Street between Etiwanda Avenue and Reseda Boulevard. The program is licensed and accredited. To enroll, a child must be at least age 4 by Dec. 1, 1997. fmi- Barbara Hill, x3131.

State Employees Charity Campaign

The United California State Employees Campaign is currently underway throughout California and Cal State Northridge will participate again this year. The campaign is an annual charity fund drive conducted among all state employees. The local UCSEC encompasses all of Los Angeles County. The United Way of Greater Los Angeles has been selected as the administrator for the local campaign. Provost Louanne Kennedy has agreed to lead this year's drive on campus, which will run from Dec. 1-12. fmi- Don Glynn, Human Resource Services, at x2119.

Alumni Assn. Declaration

The CSUN Alumni Assn. has formally declared 1998 as a special 40th anniversary year-long celebration in honor of the university's founding in 1958. The association has pledged to appropriately recognize and involve alumni in honor of the university's legacy of achievement during the year.

Focus on Violence

The Center for the Study of the Effects of Secondary Violence, affiliated with University Counseling Services, will conduct two-hour focus groups to explore thoughts, feelings and observations regarding violence. Sessions are held at the University Park Apartments, building 14, fourth floor. Faculty and staff who are interested must call to set a time. fmi- x2366 or x7834.

Memorial Service

A memorial service was held Thu., Oct. 30, in the University Student Union for Jane Pinkerton, long-time developmental math program coordinator. Pinkerton, who came to CSUN as a part-time faculty member in 1976, died earlier this month after a short illness.

Our Deepest Sympathy

The campus extends its sympathy to:


Lectures by Cancer Experts

The biology department and the Center for Cancer and Developmental Biology are sponsoring a series of free lectures on cancer by experts in the field from 6-7:40 p.m. Mondays in Science, room 2132. The tentative schedule is: The lectures-open to the CSUN community, faculty and staff-are part of a course taught by Steve Oppenheimer.

Volunteers Needed

The Career Center needs volunteers at the following events: fmi- x2871.

Pan-African Studies Celebration

CSUN will celebrate the 29th anniversary of the Black Student Union revolt and the founding of the Pan-African studies department from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tue., Nov. 4, in the Performing Arts Center. David Horne, department chair, and Jermaine Thompson, BSU president, will present a brief history of the department's founding. Playwright Earl Anthony will direct "The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer: Celebrating the Warrior Spirit in African-American Women" with student Ashante Stoner playing the title role. Readings of essays on the topic, "Race Relations and My Community" by Inglewood and Kennedy high school students will be followed by a panel discussion on "A New Agenda for Activism in the 90s." The event will end with an open forum on the role of the department and the BSU as they approach the 20th Century.fmi- x3380 or x3312.

Brown Bag Films Series

The Marilyn Magaram Center Brown Bag Film Series will show two free films: Tue., Nov. 4, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., "Alcohol and Nutrition," and on Wed., Nov. 5, from 1-2 p.m., "Low Fat Cooking," in the Science trailers, room 524fmi- x3102.

President's Fall Forum

CSUN President Blenda J. Wilson will hold her fall community forum on Wed., Nov. 5, in the University Student Union's Thousand Oaks Room. There will be two sessions at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wilson has held community forums each semester since she came to the campus in 1992 to give students, staff and faculty the opportunity to ask questions and raise issues of importance for community discussion.

Geological Sciences Lecture Series

The geological sciences department and the Geology Club will sponsor two lectures this month. Both lectures will be held in room 1231, Science building I. fmi-x 3541.

Chemistry Club Lecture Series

Scientist Ahmad Zewail, Linus Pauling professor of chemistry and physics at Caltech, will be the speaker at the Chemistry Club's first annual distinguished lecture series at 4 p.m. Wed., Nov. 5, in the University Student Union Theater. His topic will be "Femtosecond Chemistry and Biology." Zewail's work with ultrafast lasers and molecular beams has made it possible to probe directly the dynamics of chemical bonds in real time. The event is co-sponsored by Associated Students and the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects. The campus community is invited. fmi-x2089.

Career Development Programs

The Advising Resource Center/EOP continues its Thursday lunchtime series during National Career Development Month from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Education 100. Scheduled sessions are fmi- x2108.

Beck Teaching Forum

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching invites faculty and staff to the Beck Teaching Forum: A Showcase of Instructional Development Projects, from 2-4 p.m. Fri., Nov. 7, at the University Club. The event will feature this year's Judge Julian Beck award recipients, who will receive up to $5,000 for projects that promote student learning at CSUN. fmi-x7892, x2857 or x7586.

China Institute Lecture Series

The China Institute will host two lectures in the Education building, room 1214. Toh-Bin Lim, physician and surgeon at Holy Cross Hospital, will present "Chinese Descendants in Kazakstan," at 3 p.m. Fri., Nov. 7. Shao-Ju Lee, CSUN management science professor, will present "Taiwan-Joseph or Ruth?" at 3 p.m. Fri., Nov. 21. fmi- x3939.

Touch Down For Hunger

CSUN athletics, along with The Daily News, KCSN-FM and Kaiser Permanente, will sponsor a food drive, "Touch Down For Hunger," to benefit Meet Each Need with Dignity (MEND). Kick-off for the drive will be Sat., Nov. 8, at the Northridge-Idaho State football game with a final collection Sat., Nov. 22, at the Northridge-Northern Arizona game. Non-perishable foods can be brought to any home game or to the athletics department between these dates. fmi- x2683.

SIP Technology Meeting

Senior representatives of the Cal State Systemwide Internal Partnership (SIP) initiative on technology will be on campus Tue., Nov. 11, from 2-4 p.m. to discuss faculty issues and concerns. The location for the meeting, sponsored by the Faculty Senate and California Faculty Assn., is Sierra Hall 122. fmi- Peter Prager, x2271.

Valley Pioneer Lecture Series

The CSUN history department, in cooperation with the San Fernando Mission, will hold its annual Valley Pioneer Lecture at 2 p.m. Tue., Nov. 11. The lecture will be held at the mission in commemoration of its bicentennial. Two presentations will be featured, Norman Neuerberg, professor emeritus, CSU Dominguez Hills, will discuss "The Indian Via Crucis from San Fernando," and Greg Hise, assistant professor, USC School of Urban Development and Planning, will look at "Regional City or Urban Region? Planning and Postwar Development in the San Fernando Valley." Admission is free. fmi- x3566.

Athletics Community Forum

The CSUN Task Force on Intercollegiate Athletics has scheduled a single open community forum to discuss the status and progress of its work on Tue., Nov. 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. The event will include a brief presentation on the group's progress thus far and an opportunity for questions and comments from the public.

Ethics and Values Colloquium Forum

The Ethics and Values Colloquium, sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Values and the College of Humanities, will host a forum on physician-assisted suicide from 2-4 p.m. Wed., Nov. 12, in the University Student Union, Santa Clarita Room. Dr. Melvin Kirschner will speak against and attorney Michael White will speak for physician-assisted suicide. Dr. Leo Rain will be moderator. fmi- Beth Say, x4785 or Jim Kellenberger, x4854.

Chemistry Seminar Series

The chemistry department will hold seminars on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in Science 2228 as follows: fmi- x3381.

Special Event Planning Conference

The College of Extended Learning and the Pasadena Police Department is will sponsor "The Art, Science and Politics of Special Event Planning," from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Thu., Fri. and Sat. Nov. 13-15 and from 8 a.m. -1 p.m., Sun., Nov. 16, at the Pasadena Police Department. The conference is designed for anyone involved in planning or organizing a parade, concert, fair, march or festival. The cost is $395 and covers planning, cost estimates, crowd control, security and working with neighborhood groups and police. fmi- Wayne Hiltz of the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-3910 or Shelley Bartenstein, x3916.

Student Research Symposium

CSUN will hold its second campus-wide Student Research Symposium from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fri., Nov. 14, in the Grand Salon of the University Student Union. Purpose is to highlight student diversity and achievement and to inform the campus community of the quality and diversity of research being conducted. fmi- x2138.

Campus Food, Toy Drive

The Volunteer Services Program and Council is sponsoring the Campus Wide Food and New Toy Drive from Nov. 17-Dec. 12. Collection bins will be located in all campus departments. fmi- x2871.

Computer Literacy Classes

The Office of Academic Technology offers free computer literacy classes to students.

fmi-x3970 or x7809.

On-line Tutorials

The information and technology training schedule for November is available on-line. The on-line tutorials are available for both types of campus computers. It is assumed participants are already somewhat familiar with the Windows or Macintosh environments. Tutorials included are office systems, Internet-related, multi-media, electronic resource access and document delivery. fmi- x3966 or e-mail

Web Project Workshops

The Web Project is offering workshops for web teaching designed to meet a wide range of needs and interests. The workshops consist of two two-hour sessions during consecutive weeks and will be held in Engineering Field 666B. Enrollment is limited to 20 people on a first-come, first-served basis. Enroll by e-mailing or calling the Learning Resource Center, x2033.

Upcoming workshops are as follows:

Holistic Scoring Workshop

Professor Gale Larson, coordinator, upper division writing, will conduct a workshop on holistic scoring from 2-4 p.m. Wed., Nov. 19, in Business building, room 1107. The workshop is required for those who would like to be considered a reader/scorer for the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam. Readers are given a stipend for their services. Reservations are required. fmi-Gale Larson, x3420. For reservations, call Rashawn Green, x3303 or e-mail rashawn.harding

Soliciting Gifts From Private Foundations

Sandra Glass, retiring program vice president of the W. M. Keck Foundation, will conduct two workshops on approaching private foundations and preparing successful proposals from 10:30 a.m.-noon and again from 2-3:30 p.m. on Tue., Nov. 25, at the University Club. Faculty, staff and administrators are invited to participate. Space is limited to 30 in each session. For reservations and session preference, call University Relations at x2150 or e-mail

University Counseling Services

A variety of groups/workshops for the fall 1997 semester is being offered by University Counseling Services to help students choose a major or career and deal with anxieties, eating disorders, personal crises and other problems. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon., Thu., and Fri., and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tue. and Wed., in the University Park Apartments, building 14, fourth floor. Helpline telephone crisis intervention at (818) 349-HELP is available from 6 p.m. to midnight. fmi-x2366, TTY x7834.


Science Research Fellowships

Graduate research and minority graduate fellowships programs are available through the National Science Foundation. Application deadline is Thu., Nov. 6, in the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects. This program provides stipends of up to $15,000 to help defray the costs of graduate school. Eligibility is limited to those who have completed no more than 20 semester hours of graduate study in the sciences or engineering. fmi- x2901.

Advances in Obesity

The "Advances in Obesity Management" workshop sponsored by the Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fri., Nov. 21, at the Red Lion Hotel, Los Angeles Airport. Deadline for pre-registration is Fri., Nov. 7. Fee is $65. On-site fee is $80. Student-intern rates also are available. Lunch is included. fmi- x3102.

Faculty Senate Retreat

The Faculty Retreat will be held from Jan. 20-22, at the Casa Sirena Marina Resort in Oxnard. Contact your department chair or college dean to sign up. Deadline to sign up is Fri., Nov. 14. Space is limited. fmi- Sandy Horwitz, x3263.

Student Project Grants

The University Corp.'s Student Projects Committee is accepting proposals for funding student projects. Deadline is 5 p.m. Mon., Nov. 17, with no exceptions. Application forms are available in the University Corp.'s executive office, second floor, Matador Bookstore complex. fmi- x2906.

Employee Fee Waiver

State employees interested in participating in the Employee Fee Waiver or Faculty Dependent/Spouse Fee Waiver programs for spring 1998 should contact Carol Hallenbeck, x2173, or, for an application-enrollment packet. Deadline for continuing participants is Thu., Nov. 20. The fee deadline is Nov. 20. Participants in the Faculty Dependent/Spouse Fee Waiver program should follow the deadlines and procedures in the schedule of classes and their fee waiver packet. However, undergraduate admissions have been closed to the Faculty Dependent/Spouse program. Graduate applications should be submitted to Human Resource Services as soon as possible. The fee waiver program is located in the Office of Human Resource Services in Administration Park, Dome 702. Hours are 8 a.m. to noon Mon. through Fri.

CSU Symposium Proposals

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) will host the 1998 Fifth Annual CSU Regional Symposium on University Teaching, Sat., Feb. 21, at CSU San Bernardino. There is no registration fee and no stipends for presenters. Deadline for proposals is Fri., Nov. 21, to Cynthia Desrochers, mail drop 8370. fmi- Julia Donley, x7586 or

Rockefeller Grants Available

The Rockefeller Archive Center announces the availability of grants for graduate students for purposes of supporting travel, research and residencies at the center. Applicants may be awarded up to $5,000. Deadline for applications is Sun., Nov. 30. More information is available at the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects. fmi- x2901.

International Programs Resident Directors

CSU International Programs is accepting applications for five 12-month, full-time resident director positions (in France, Italy, Mexico, Spain and Zimbabwe) for 1999-2000, and one 12-month, full-time regional director in Japan/East Asia. The deadline for applications in the Office of International Programs, CSU headquarters in Long Beach, is Mon., Dec. 1. Interview dates will be Feb. 19-21. Applicants must be available on any of these dates for interviews to be considered for an appointment. fmi- Tom Spencer-Walters, x2138 or x5832,

Current Home Address W-2 Forms

W-2 forms reporting 1997 earnings will be mailed directly to the homes of all university employees (including student employees) from the State Controller's Office in Sacramento. Employees who have changed addresses must complete an Employee Action Request form no later than Dec. 8. This form is available in Payroll Services, Administration Park 705, and Human Resource Services, Administration Park 702, or you may call Human Resource Services at x3812 and request that a form be mailed to your campus address. fmi- Payroll Services, x2314 or Tiffany Hy, x3812.

General Research Programs Grants

The American Philosophical Society is currently accepting proposals for its General Research Program. This program funds scholarly research in all areas of knowledge except those in which support by government or corporate enterprise is more appropriate. The maximum grant award is $6,000 and can be used in conjunction with awards from other granting institutions. Deadlines for applications and all letters of support is: Dec. 1 for March's decision and March 1 for June's decision. APS also funds the North Native American Research Program and the Mellow Resident Research Fellowships. Contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects. fmi- x2901.

November 3, 1997

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